For years, the work of pregnancy resource centers has come under attack, but the past year since the reversal of Roe v. Wade has perhaps been one of the most intense, despite the American public’s overwhelming support for the existence of such centers. With politicians like Sen. Elizabeth Warren calling for these pro-life centers (which offer their services for free) to be shut down, and cities and states passing anti-pregnancy center measures, it strains credulity to continue to believe that offering women real “choice” is what abortion advocates care about. Now, it has come to light that a major donor to abortion facilities, the Hopewell Fund, is also funding pro-abortion projects attacking pro-life pregnancy centers and the abortion pill reversal (APR) protocol.
The nonprofit Hopewell Fund was established in 2015 and is managed by Arabella Advisors. Hopewell Fund dollars have funded groups like the following:
- Campaign for Accountability (CFA), which has a clear pro-abortion bias, been funded by the Hopewell Fund. The group admits to targeting pro-life organizations to stop them from “gaining traction” in ending abortion. CFA previously called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “seize the website domains” for groups that market APR and even sent a letter asking the FDA to pull the websites of pro-life organizations that advertise APR.
- openDemocracy: Hopewell Fund is listed as an openDemocracy supporter, a group which has heavily attacked APR. openDemocracy’s Board chair, Suzanna Taverne, is a former Chair at the UK-based abortion chain, Marie Stopes International (recently renamed MSI Reproductive Choices to hide the chain’s eugenics past).
- Equity Forward: Another project of Hopewell Fund, founded in 2017 and launched in 2018, is anything but equitable when it comes to disclosing pro-abortion bias. EF operates the website “ProlifeLies.org” whose “about us” page states, “Pro-Lies.org, a project of the accountability group Equity Forward, aims to expose the extremist anti-abortion organizations that wield influence over government and policy at the state, federal and international levels. Read more about Equity Forward at Live Action News here and here.
Another Hopewell Fund project includes Resources for Abortion Delivery (RAD), which claims online to offer “funding and technical support, free legal advice, and funder services” to abortion providers across the United States. RAD has also claimed that in the past five years it has “delivered resources to half of independent abortion providers.” According to Influence Watch, the project was created by the Hopewell Fund in 2016.
In September of 2022, the Hopewell Fund granted RAD $3 million, with the purpose being “to establish an ‘innovation fund’ to surface replicable strategies for ensuring and expanding abortion access at a time when they are severely restricted for millions of women due to the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade. Ideally, this will lead to a reimagining of abortion care, one that reduces overmedicalization while ensuring the highest standards of safety, increases abortion-seekers’ autonomy and agency, compels the public health system to treat abortion as a fundamental health and social need, and greatly expands public and private coverage of abortion. (Strategy: U.S. Reproductive Equity).” The group previously granted RAD $400K in 2017.
Capital Research claims that RAD, which co-manages the Abortion Law Project, was “run by Meagan Cavanaugh, the former national director of affiliate services for Planned Parenthood. Before that, she was a research manager for the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s think tank for pro-abortion research.” Current leadership of RAD includes former ANSIRH Policy Advisor and Center for Reproductive Rights staff attorney Bonnie Jones, who serves as RAD’s Executive Director, and Melanie Zurek who serves as RAD’s COO.
“We make individual loans and grants to both taxable and tax-exempt abortion providers…We work in strategic partnership with charitable donors to develop larger scale responses to emergent and longer-term sector needs. We provide informational resources and convening spaces for foundation donors wising to learn more about the abortion delivery sector and engage with peers,” RAD states on its website.
In addition to Hopewell Fund, RAD claims online that “RAD has worked with numerous charitable foundations, individuals, and donor advised funds, including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, the Coalition for Gender and Reproductive Equity, and Schusterman Family Philanthropies, as well as several anonymous donors.”
Other funders to RAD include Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropists, which lists RAD as a grantee as well as Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Youth (AFY), and others. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has also granted funding to the Hopewell Fund for RAD. Packard granted $1 million to Hopewell in 2022 to “meet the demand following the Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health decision” and funded $60K to Hopewell in 2019 and in 2021 as well as $150K in 2020. In addition, the Tara Health Foundation (THF) granted RAD $200K in 2017 and 2018, according to archived pages of the organization’s website. RAD was also listed as a THF grantee in 2020.
Hopewell Dollars to Abortion Groups
Hopewell Fund’s 2021 990, reveals the organization granted $59.5K to the Abortion Care network (ACN), $76.5K to Advocates for Youth (AFY), $80K to various NARAL chapters, $75K to the National Abortion Federation (NAF), $75K to Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH), over $450K to the University of California, and $300K to the Women’s March, among others. In addition, Hopewell also granted money to various abortion funds, including $30K to D.C. Abortion Fund, nearly $11K to Fund Texas Choice, and $11K to Midwest Access Coalition Access Fund.
In just one year (2021) the Hopewell Fund granted millions to these abortion clinics:
- Over $100K to A woman’s Choice in Charlotte and Jacksonville
- $132.8K to the Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services in San Antonio
- $134.3K to Alleghany Reproductive Health Center in Pittsburgh
- $55K to Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey
- $22K to Choices Women’s Center in Tucson
- Over $152K to Eastland Women’s Clinic in Michigan
- Nearly $90K to Feminists Women’s Health Center in Atlanta
- Nearly $20K to Gainesville Woman Care in Florida
- Nearly $300K to Houston Women’s Clinic
- $264K to JTP a/k/a Just the Pill online dispensary
- Nearly $50K to North Florida Women’s Services in Tallahassee
- $110K to Pilgrim Medical Center in New Jersey
- $50K to Preterm Clinic in Cleveland
- $23 K to the Richmond Medical Center for Women in Virginia
- $121K to Southern Tier Women’s Health Services in New York
- Nearly $180K to Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas
- $50K to the Afiya Center in Dallas
- $24K to the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City Illinois
- $232K to the Trust Women Foundation in Wichita, Kansas
- $118K to Whole Women’s Health Alliance, $40K to Whole Women’s Health of Baltimore, over $681K to Whole Women’s Health of Fort Worth, and over $148K to Whole Women’s Health of McAllen, Texas.
- Over $67K to Women’s Health Center of Virginia
- Nearly $200K to FemHealth USA whose public face is the abortion pill chain Carafem, which is a division of the Bill Gates-funded group DKT International, which ships abortion pills internationally.
Hopewell Fund’s 2016 , 2017, 2018, 2019 990 tax filings also reveals financial support for abortion organizations:
- A Capital Women’s Health Clinic
- A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville
- Abortion Access for All
- Allentown Women’s Center
- Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center
- Carolina Abortion Fund
- Center for Reproductive Rights
- Desert Star Family Planning
- Emma Goldman Clinic
- Family Planning Associates Medical Group
- Feminist Women’s Health Center, Inc.
- Gynuity Health Projects (GHP)
- Hope Clinic for Women
- Moms Rising Education Fund
- NARAL Pro-Choice America
- Preterm Cleveland
- Red River Women’s Clinic
- Regents of the University California San Francisco
- Trust Women Foundation
- Whole Woman’s Health Alliance
- Whole Women’s Surgical Center
Hopewell Fund’s tax records reveal that their Board Chair is Lee Bodner, who oversees the New Venture Fund according to his LinkedIn page and serves as Board Chair of the Windward Fund. Board member include Lori Chatman, Co-CEO and President (interim) of Enterprise Community Partners and Cheryl Contee the Chief Executive Officer at The Impact Seat Foundation. Additional staff is here.
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